Director: Vaibhav Gattani
Writers: Vaibhav Gattani and K Kalyanaraman
Starring: Yuvradnyee, Vaibhav Gattani, Sanya Sagar, Apoorv Kumar
Void is a film about desperation, depression, and the lengths someone will go to get what they want. Yuvradnyee gives a powerful and memorable performance as Rhea, a young woman who dreams of having the perfect family with her husband Abhijeet (Vaibhav Gattani). The couple are struggling to get pregnant, and they turn to unusual methods as a last resort.
Rhea is the main focus of the film, appearing in almost every scene. It starts with her voiceover explaining how she feels sad when other people get pregnant because she isn’t able to, we then get to see a little part of her day-to-day life. Everything about her life feels very cold and distant, there’s a real loneliness when her husband is at work and even when he’s not there’s a distance between them. Abhijeet doesn’t seem to be as bothered about having a child, and there’s a growing rift between them. The house is the main setting, and that also feels very isolating and cold. Everything is shot with muted colours that reflects the darkness Rhea is stuck in.
The couple turn to a doctor who hypnotises Rhea and finds that she has karmic debts that can be resolved through a Sharman. In pure desperation Rhea goes to the Sharman Blue Skies (Sanya Sagar), who reluctantly agrees to help, knowing how important it is for Rhea. It’s through these moments that the film starts to get a little strange. It really shows how far Rhea is willing to go to live the perfect life that she wants.
One of the main themes of the film is the past and how that haunts people. Everyone seems to have a secret lurking in their past that needs to be reckoned with. A new neighbour moves in, Vivik (Apoorv Kumar), who Rhea starts to become friends with and opens up about what’s happening. At the same time Vivik is haunted by his own past that he must deal with. Everyone is dealing with their own troubles, giving the title has two meanings, one being that Rhea is unable to get pregnant, and that everyone is struggling with an emptiness within.
Overall, Void is a unique and strange film. It’s very cold and detached, and you can really feel the isolation that Rhea is feeling because of that. The characters are interesting and well written and that keeps you engaged throughout.
Void is available now on Vimeo on Demand.
Film on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/void
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